I want to go off psych meds but my family might not. Do I do it anyway?
August 22, 2014 12:50 PM Subscribe
I made a promise to my family that I wouldn't make decisions about my treatment without them. I want alternative treatment. If they say no, do I still go?
posted by defmute to Human Relations (73 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've brought this issue up before and they essentially said that if I can convince them of the alternative treatment then they'll consider it. I think, however, that no treatment option I've found will stack up against the research that stands behind treating mental illness with pharmaceuticals. I personally don't buy what psychiatry has to say. Somewhat tangential to treatment, I want to take ayahuasca and other "drugs" medicinally someday but that too I feel I would have to clear with my family (and my family would almost 100% say no). I guess a lot of this question comes down to who controls what I do with my body and mind.
The obvious issue for my family is: "what if you have another episode?". Indeed, another episode would affect my family as much as it would me. But I feel confident, after having experienced two episodes, that I would know if one was starting. I didn't work with a therapist or a doctor during those two episodes. Since my last episode, however, I've been working with both and will continue to and feel confident that they would know if another episode was building. But really, my episodes only happened when I was under extreme stress and did not have the support system then that I currently have (I currently live with my family).